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Pygmalion

Pygmalion

  

by George Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion Language and Communication Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #10

LIZA [looking fiercely round at him] I wouldn't marry YOU if you asked me; and you're nearer my age than what he is.
HIGGINS [gently] Than he is: not "than what he is."
LIZA [losing her temper and rising] I'll talk as I like. You're not my teacher now. (5.232-34)

By using incorrect English, by rebelling against the standards of English grammar, Eliza is able to rebel against Higgins as well.